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Spending Rises on Prescription Drugs, Despite Overall Slowdown in Healthcare Outlays

More new medicines came to market in 2013, and fewer blockbuster drugs lost patent protection, trends that federal analysts say led to more rapid growth in outlays for prescription drugs in 2013. Retail prescription drug spending rose 2.5% to reach $271 billion a year ago, much faster than the low growth rate of 0.5% in […]
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Battle Escalates over 340B Drug Pricing Program

What was once an obscure federal policy for providing low-cost drugs to safety-net hospitals has grown into a program that requires extensive discounting to one-third of the nation’s hospitals and health clinics. Pharma companies are pushing back, heightening tensions between “covered entities” that qualify for greatly reduced prices on medicines under 340B — and manufacturers […]
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